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Monday May 23rd

I spent recovering from Sunday, and just did some laundry at the laundromat.

Tuesday May 24th

I deccided to have dinner on the dinner train.
Me_with_the_Sprit of Washington dinner train

Me_with_the_Sprit of Washington dinner train


The Spirit of Washington Dinner train starts in RENTON. This posed a problem for me because I didn't have transportation. Eventually I figured out that I could get to the terminal on the public transportation bus from Seattle, transferring and then walking for a good ways. (my expense account didn't run to a car) to Reston. Renton was originally known as Black Ridge, and settled by Erasmus Smithers in 1856, the city of Renton was incorporated in 1901. What started as a coal-mining town is now the home to Boeing, Paccar, and the Spirit of Washington. Excavations have revealed settlements of Duwamish Indians dating back to 1790. The dinner train moved their terminal there in 1992

Near here is also the BOEING PLANT

The largest airplane manufacturer in the world, and is home to the 737s and 757s. The 737 is the best selling commercial airplane in history4

The train ride was wonderful. It went along LAKE WASHINGTON which is 3 miles wide and 27 miles long and covers roughly 22,138 acres
dinner train

dinner train


and past MERCER ISLAND the only island in Lake Washington and across WILBURTON TRESTLE. The trestle in Bellevue is the longest wooden trestle in the Northwest. It measures 102 feet in height and is 975 feet long. It was constructed in 1891.
Road from the train

Road from the train

We ate dinner on the train - it was kind of a bummer to eat alone, but the dinner was delicious. Current dinner menus feature Prime Rib, Oven Roasted Breast of Chicken, Pork Osso Buco and Cherry Smoke Roasted Salmon. All Entrees Include

Assorted Breads and Spreads including Salmon Rillette, Herbed Cream Cheese, and Honey Butter, Crisp Romaine tossed with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Dressing, Fresh Grapefruit and Toasted Almonds. Seasonal Vegetables, White and Wild Rice Pilaf, and your choice of Spirit of Washington Dessert.

At the north end of the track, we visited the COLUMBIA WINERY (tour and wine tasting)and we had dessert on the way back.
Sunset from the train

Sunset from the train

PARLOR SEATING DINNER $59.99 not including gratuity

Phone: 1-800-876-7245

Website: http://www.spiritofwashingtondinnertrain.com/train.cfm

When I came back from the dinner train, I had though that I could take a taxi back to downtown Seattle and then take the monorail back to my hotel. I didn't know that it stopped running at 9 pm. Two men who shared a taxi back with me very kindly walked with me from their hotel where we got off back to the monorail, fended off some unsavory characters in downtown Seattle, and then when we found that the Monorail stopped running at 9, they found me a taxi to get back to my hotel

Wednesday May 25th

When I was in Seattle, I took a trip to Tillicom Island. Since I was alone (most of the other people in the course were local or they had driven to Seattle with their wives), I figured this was another way to have a meal in an interesting location.
Brochure

Brochure


Since so much of the Seattle area consists of islands, there is quite a bit of ferry traffic. Some of the ferries carry cars to and from the islands and serve commuters.

I took three ferries - two of them were up to Victoria. The third one was this one that went to Tillicum Island. We went by the seals resting on the buoys in the harbor and got a good view of Seattle from the water.

This, like the Seattle waterfront trolley, is a Grey Lines tour.
Tillicum ticket

Tillicum ticket



The boat trips to Tillicom Island are handled by Argosy Cruises. The boat I went on was the Goodtime II Length: 87', Beam: 28'. The professional photographer took a photo of me, and I then took one of him.
Photographer at the Goodtime II embarkation

Photographer at the Goodtime II embarkation

Embarkation Picture_of_me_with_the_Goodtime_II

Embarkation Picture_of_me_with_the_Goodtime_II

Harbor

Harbor


leaving the dock

leaving the dock

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Skyline

Seattle and the ferry wake

Seattle and the ferry wake

Buoy_with_seals

Buoy_with_seals

Ferry at the dock

Ferry at the dock

Tillicum Island shoreline at dusk

Tillicum Island shoreline at dusk

The Goodtime II offers two enclosed decks and exterior deck space on the bow. This vessel can provide table seating for a maximum of 150 guests and a recommended maximum of 350 passengers. There are two full-service bars on board.

Your 4-hour event includes: A Narrated Cruise to Blake Island, Steamed Clam Appetizers upon arrival, a Salmon Buffet, a Native American-inspired Dance Show, Exploration Time on the island and a Return Cruise
Adults Seniors Kids
$79.95 $72.95 $30.00

There was a lot of standing in line to get seated for dinner. The show was somewhat interesting, but the real star was the salmon. I thought I had never tasted better. I vowed never to eat salmon again because I'd never get salmon that good again. (I haven't kept that vow)

Thursday May 26th

Duke's Chowder House: Green Lake

Duke's Chowder House: Green Lake



I do not remember when I ate here, or what I had, but I have a paper holder for silverware from here. Maybe someone from the course took me here for lunch

another Seattle hotel

another Seattle hotel

Newspaper building from the car

Newspaper building from the car

Thursday May 26th

Downtown

Downtown


I went to the zoo, but I was really too tired to stay long.

Friday May 27th

I flew home.

Friday May 27th, I flew home.

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Early Rising Sunday - Canada Daytrip

Bus, Ferry, Bus, Ferry


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Sunday, May 22, 1994

This was a long day. I got up about 5 and took a bus tour to Victoria.

I paid $115.00 for the tour and tipped the driver $3.00. I had a voucher to get from my hotel to the bus and gave a $.50 tip to the taxi.

The bus left Seattle about 6:30 am and drove up to Anacortes where it embarked on a ferry.
Ferry wake

Ferry wake


We had brunch on the ferry or in the bus for $11.15 (plus I ate the fruit cup of another man on the tour who didn't want it). The bill says Marriott on it.
Ferry schedule

Ferry schedule


The ferry stopped at Friday Island but we didn't have time to get off.
Friday harbor

Friday harbor


Crossing Time: Approximately 70 minutes

Vehicle & Driver (for vehicle under 20 feet): $39.50
Passenger: $10.40

Daily Leave Anacortes
AM 6:10 7:45 9:35
PM 2:40 5:05 6:00 8:25 9:30

All passengers boarding in Friday Harbor and their belongings are subject to U.S. Customs and Immigration inspections
Ferry to Friday Harbor

Ferry to Friday Harbor


The Ferry landed the bus north of Victoria in Canada. We stopped at Butchart Gardens I toured the gardens which were built on an old quarry and were beautiful, but I haven't found any photos.
Route to Butchart Gardens

Route to Butchart Gardens

Butchart gardens brochure

Butchart gardens brochure

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Silverware wrapper

Silverware wrapper


I spent $38.92 in the Butchart Gardens gift shop (800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC) where I got my mom an iris night light among other things. I also ate lunch at the gardens which cost me $14.34.
Grey Line Brochure

Grey Line Brochure

Harbor decorated for Victoria Day

Harbor decorated for Victoria Day


Then the bus tour took us through Victoria and let us off at the harbor. It was Victoria Day. In Victoria, I walked to the Museum, where I got my husband a 35th anniversary present of jade at the Museum Gift Shop. I also went to the Edinburgh Tartan Shop, Shop Express where I got a woolen tie in the tartan of my husband's mom.

I was a little tired by this time so I went to the Empress Hotel and had tea $14.02 (quiche and tea)

Then I took the high speed catamaran the Victoria Clipper back to Seattle getting in late in the evening.
Ferry brochure

Ferry brochure

Victoria Fast Catamaran Ferry

Victoria Fast Catamaran Ferry


Depart Victoria Arrive Seattle
17 May - 6 June 7:00 PM 9:45 PM
2003 Seattle/Victoria Fares
(one way/round trip)
Adult/ Child* (1-11 yr)
17 May - 7 Sep $68/$113 $34/$56.50

The Victoria Clipper is located in Victoria's Inner Harbour at 254 Belleville Street. Limited parking is available at Harbour Towers located 2 blocks from Victoria Clipper at 345 Quebec Street.

I went to class the next day - Monday May 23rd, but I spent the afternoon recovering from Sunday, and just did some laundry at the laundromat and had a hamburger from McDonalds for dinner..

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Saturday


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Saturday May 21st

photo_from_my_hotel_room

photo_from_my_hotel_room

Saturday was a free day - no classes.

It was Seattle Maritime Week,
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so I went (via public bus) out to Ballard
All day pass

All day pass


to visit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks that link the freshwater Lake Union and the salt-water Lake Washington across a height difference of 22 feet. The locks allow boats to cross the Lake Washington Ship Canal, relying solely on the force of gravity.
Hiram M Chittenden Lock brochure

Hiram M Chittenden Lock brochure


I also saw the Carl S English, Jr Botanical Garden. This was FREE.
89d3e630-5089-11ec-8f04-a5f451d1fa64.JPGGarden area

Garden area


The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The grounds at the Locks are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday - Sunday, including all holidays. The fish ladder viewing gallery closes at 8:45 p.m. FREE guided tours are provided from March 1 through November 30.
People watching the lockings

People watching the lockings


The official website says:The complex includes two locks, a small (30 x 150 ft, 8.5 x 45.7 meter) and a large (80 x 825, 24.4 x 251.5 meter). The complex also includes a (235-foot, 71.6 meter) spillway with six (32 x 12-foot (3.7 m), 9.8 x 3.7 meter) gates to assist in water-level control. A fish ladder is integrated into the locks for migration of anadromous fish, notably salmon.
Lock gates

Lock gates

Lock and bridge with seagulls

Lock and bridge with seagulls

Locks

Locks

Bridge

Bridge


The grounds feature a visitors center,

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the locks were formally opened on July 4, 1917, although the first ship passed on August 3, 1916. They were named after U.S. Army Major Hiram Martin Chittenden, the Seattle District Engineer for the Corps of Engineers from April 1906 to September 1908. They were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Then I got on another bus

Bus routes

Bus routes

Bus ticket

Bus ticket

and shopped at a fair in the University District. I bought my grandson from Pittsburgh a little child's vest with a penguin on it.
Receipt for childs vest

Receipt for childs vest

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Shopping and riding the Monorail

The Rest of the Week


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Thursday, 19 May 1994

Since my hotel was in the shadow of the Space Needle, I thought the monorail was something that I should do as it was one of the icons of Seattle, plus it was a convenient link from Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music Project to downtown Seattle. The Seattle Center Monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The Seattle Center Monorail currently is open Monday through Friday: 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM. The Seattle Center Monorail departures every 10 minutes from two stations:
From the station

From the station


Monorail ticket

Monorail ticket


From the monorail

From the monorail

From the monorail

From the monorail

From the monorail

From the monorail

looking out the window

looking out the window


Seattle Center station, across from the Space Needle to Westlake Center Mall station, at Fifth and Pine Street Westlake Center is a 4-story, glass-enclosed retail center for shopping & dining with a food court. The monorail terminal in downtown Seattle is adjacent to the Westlake Center. I used the monorail once to get to downtown Seattle to shop for gifts
Looking down into the atrium

Looking down into the atrium

Escalators

Escalators


Apparently Seattle Metro encourages bike riding. I would have thought the city to be too hilly for that, but I guess not.
Bike rider waiting for the light

Bike rider waiting for the light


This is what the metro site says about it:

"Every Metro bus has a bicycle rack that can accommodate two bikes, and many of our vanpools are also equipped for transporting bikes. No special permit or extra fare is required.

"Metro does not permit bicycles inside buses for safety reasons.

"Bicycles may be loaded or unload at any bus zone at any time except in the Ride Free Area between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. During these hours, loading and unloading bikes is restricted to a route's first and last ride free stop and the tunnel stops at Convention Place and International District. This is a safety policy to reduce the potential of too many cyclists being between buses in heavy downtown traffic."
Space needle from downtown

Space needle from downtown

I-5

I-5


Space needle ahead

Space needle ahead


Then I had dinner on top of the Space Needle,

SkyCity: A Free Ride to the Top
Space Needle Review
Looking up at the Space Needle

Looking up at the Space Needle


SkyCity is open for lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. Since I couldn't go for lunch and didn't want to waste a Saturday or Sunday on the Space Needle, I had dinner.

The main draw for me was:

"As always, your elevator ride and Observation Deck access are complimentary when dining at SkyCity." At that time the ride up was $6.00. Now it is more - others have reported that it is $12.00.

I had an early dinner so I got to sit right by the edge where I had a good chance to take photos. They do warn you not to put anything on the window sill, as it will rotate away from you.

I do not remember exactly what I had. I think I turned the bill in with my expense account. I only know from my notes that the dinner including tip was $37.05
Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle

From above

From above

Hotel_from_space_Needle

Hotel_from_space_Needle

Traffic_heliocopter

Traffic_heliocopter


Lake Union

Lake Union

Seattle

Seattle

Spacey

Spacey

Seattle harbor

Seattle harbor

From the needle

From the needle

Locks

Locks

TV station

TV station

Monorail track

Monorail track

I_5

I_5

Shooting into the sun

Shooting into the sun

Sunset in Seattle

Sunset in Seattle

Many others have given the specifics of the Space Needle, so I'll skip that and just tell you my experience.

Since I was taking a class from 8:15 to 3:15, I had only the late afternoon and weekend in which to squeeze all the sightseeing I wanted to do.

Since I also was by myself, I had to figure out a place to eat that was interesting. I discovered that when you eat dinner at the Space Needle, your elevator ride is included in the price, plus you don't have to stand in line for a ticket. So I did that.

My dinner, including tea to drink, dessert and tip was $37.05. At the time, the elevator ride was $6.00 so my dinner was really only $31.05. It was a good dinner, and I enjoyed the view. I did this again in 2011 with Bob.

I found the following information on their website amusing:

THE UNEXPECTED

  • Plans to build a stork's nest atop the Needle were canceled when it was learned that storks could not live in Seattle's climate and would migrate to warmer climates.
  • The city of Fife, Washington offered $1 million to move the Space Needle to its downtown.
  • During the fair, private planes that flew near the Needle were reported to the authorities only if they were so close their wing numbers could be read.
  • There have been six parachute jumps from the Needle; two were unauthorized and the other four were part of a promotion.
  • As an April Fool's joke a local television station aired a phony report that the Space Needle had fallen over. Emergency phone lines were swamped with calls. The Space Needle received more than 700 calls, even though there was a flashing alert during the entire report telling the audience that it was a joke. One Spokane man even jumped in his car and began driving to Seattle because his daughter worked at the Space Needle.
  • The Space Needle moved 312 feet SW in June 1987. The move was only on paper, however. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began a 10-year project of re-mapping the earth by satellite. Major structures, such as the Space Needle, were used as landmarks.

Directions: Center of Seattle Center. From I-5, take the Mercer Street Exit and follow the signs. Plenty of parking.

Phone: 206-443-2100

SpaceBase: At the Top of the Space Needle
Downtown Seattle Review

From their website:

"The Space Needle's retail store, includes many custom-designed Space Needle products featuring the tower's logo and color theme: yellow and blue, as well as bold, multicolored merchandise. There is no other store like SpaceBase in town."

I bought a panoramic single use camera for $10.77. I took photo 2 and 5 with that camera.

What to buy: From their website:

"The Space Needle sells gift cards in any amount for use in SkyCity Restaurant, SpaceBase Gift Shop or for Observation Deck tickets. For more information please call 800.937.9582 or email giftcard@spaceneedle.com

Friday, 20 May 1994

it was rainy and so I spent the night in my hotel room after having dinner at McDonalds.One of the problems with the hotel was that it didn't include a free breakfast. Fortunately, there was a McDonalds very close, and I often got breakfast there, and sometimes even dinner if I didn't feel like going out.

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Wednesday for Fish

Exploring Seattle


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Wednesday 18 May 1994

After class, I wanted to get some maps of Seattle and the AAA Travel guide. I hadn't had time to get them before I left. Since I could see the AAA office from my hotel window, I walked down there to pick up the maps etc, which were free to me because I was a AAA member.
AAA building from my hotel

AAA building from my hotel


I also bought postcards for $4.22. I don't remember exactly how many I bought.

We had to give a presentation to the group about the city, so I this was one of the postcards I bought
Postcard

Postcard


And got my film developed so we would have some visual aids for the presentation.

I visited the Aquarium.

Using a point and shoot film camera I had a problem with the reflections and sometimes with dirty window glass.
Posters on Alaskan Way

Posters on Alaskan Way

Waterfront

Waterfront

Sculpture near the aquarium

Sculpture near the aquarium


Fountain

Fountain


Hours
9:30am to 5pm daily
Last entry at 5pm, exhibits close at 6pm

Aquarium Only
Adult (ages 13 & over) $19.00
Youth (ages 4-12) $12.00
Child (ages 3 & under) Free
Bird in the aquarium

Bird in the aquarium

Water ladders

Water ladders

Fish and kelp

Fish and kelp

Seahorses with baby seahorses in the small box

Seahorses with baby seahorses in the small box

Swimming birds

Swimming birds

Avocet?

Avocet?

Fish swimming overhead

Fish swimming overhead

Duck

Duck


Be here for the fun at feeding time! Naturalists will give short talks during feeding and/or training activities with the animals.

They have a carousel there, behind glass (not running.
Carousel

Carousel


I think I had something to eat at the aquarium (like lunch or early dinner). I have photographs which indicate that I did, but not anything about what I ate.
Deck area at aquarium

Deck area at aquarium

Harbor from the aquarium

Harbor from the aquarium

Waterfront

Waterfront

Waterfront

Waterfront


Their website says:
We have something to please everyone and serve sustainable seafood as well as burgers, pizza by the slice, handcrafted sandwiches, salads and soups. Enjoy a coffee drink and bakery treat at the coffee bar. The Café is located on the second floor with a stunning view of the New Puget Sound Great Hall and Window on Washington Waters exhibit. An outdoor balcony with a view of Elliott Bay will is the perfect place to relax on nice days. Open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:00pm and weekends from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

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